HC Deb 14 June 1988 vol 135 cc150-1W
21. Mr. Rhodes James

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a further statement on the progress of the hospital building programme.

Mrs. Currie

Investment in National Health Service building is continuing at record levels. Information held centrally shows there are now 504 health building schemes, each costing over £1 million, at various stages of planning, design and construction. The total values of the programme is estimated at £3.8 billion and capital expenditure this financial year is expected to exceed £1 billion.

47. Mr. Greg Knight

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many major hospital building schemes have been started and completed since 1979.

Mrs. Currie

Information held centrally shows that, since 1 April 1979, a total of 286 health building schemes each costing over £1 million, have been started and completed. This is the biggest sustained building programme ever in the history of the National Health Service. A list has been placed in the Library.